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Unlimited Potential – Exploring LTE Over Unlicensed Spectrum
Date / Time: Thursday, March 24, 2016, 11:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m. London
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Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

Renuka Bhalerao, Senior Product Line Manager, CellEngine and Trillium Software, Radisys

The data deluge isn’t slowing down anytime soon – subscribers are demanding ever more content and Internet of Things market is about to explode. Mobile operators must figure out how to support this extra traffic on their overloaded networks, and ideally without purchasing expensive new spectrum.

Enter one of the hottest innovations in the industry: LTE over an unlicensed spectrum. By aggregating unlicensed spectrum with an anchor in licensed spectrum, mobile operators can cost-effectively and efficiently add capacity and coverage where it’s needed. Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown and Radisys’ small cell expert Renuka Bhalerao will share insights into the approaches to delivering this technology today, the associated challenges and how to overcome them.

You will learn:

  • The drivers behind LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) technology, driven by the LTE-U Forum, which delivers a pre-standardized approach deployable today
  • How LTE-Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) from 3GPP is delivering a standardized approach to the technology and look at the path to deployment
  • Why small cells are the right choice in unlicensed spectrum, due to a radius that aligns with WiFi, low power requirements, and built-in carrier aggregation techniques
  • How coexistence with Wi-Fi and other technologies in unlicensed spectrum will work, including a detailed look at “Listen Before Talk” techniques
  • What lessons have been learned in field trials to date


Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst - Wireless Data Services & LTE, Heavy Reading
Gabriel covers the mobile network system architecture, including evolution of the RAN, the mobile core, and service-layer platforms and applications. Key technologies in his coverage area include LTE Advanced, small cells, Evolved Packet Core, carrier Wi-Fi and software-centric networking technologies such as NFV, SDN and service chaining. Gabriel has covered mobile networking since 1998 through published research, live events, operator surveys and custom consulting.

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Renuka Bhalerao, Senior Product Line Manager, CellEngine and Trillium Software, Radisys
Renuka Bhalerao is Senior Product Line Manager, CellEngine and Trillium Software at Radisys, with her primary focus on 3G and LTE wireless technologies. Prior to Radisys, Renuka worked as a Senior Architect at Continuous Computing and previously at Intel Corporation. Renuka has extensive experience working in Telecom Software and Systems with expertise in wireless and VoIP areas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Regional College of Engineering, India.

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